Zoot Velasco
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$25 Million Raised!


  • Strategic Planning & Facilitation
  • Executive Coaching
  • Program & Curricula Design
  • Interim Leadership
  • Fundraising & Grantsmanship
  • Board Development
  • Workshops, Classes, & Keynote Speeches

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Zoot Velasco, MBA, CFRE

Zoot has a proven track record of growing organizations quickly through mission-based methods that work!

As CEO of the Muckenthaler he was able to:

  • Quadruple organization budget from $430,000 to $1.5M budget
  • Repaired and doubled an endowment raising over $700,000 (Paid back an inherited $105,000 loan in one year)
  • Increase audience from 500/season to 13,000 with 86% attendance
  • Increased students from 900 to 21,000 with outreach in 45 new sites/11 cities
  • Increase membership from 190 to over 600
  • Increase overall patrons from 10,000 to 45,000
  • Produced new master plan and launched $12M capital campaign

All this in the worse economy since the Great Depression (2007-2016)

As Interim leader, he has doubled or tripled organizations in less than 18 months, such as:

  • Homeland Cultural Center
  • Mountain Arts Network
  • Unusual Suspects Theatre Company

Through strategic planning and coaching, he has helped several organizations add 20% to double capacity in less than 18 months

  • Bethune Theatredanse
  • Boys & Girls Club of Fullerton
  • Dancing Angels
  • Culture Shock LA Dance Company

He has managed Capital Campaigns for:

  • Boys & Girls Club of South Bay 
  • City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs
    • Banning’s Landing Community Center
    • Croatian Cultural Center
    • Performing Arts Firehouse (renovation)
    •  Warner Grand Annex (renovation)
  • City of Long Beach Manazar Gamboa Theatre
  • Kern County Museum (renovation)
  • Muckenthaler Cultural Center (Master Plan)

How does he do this? Through Mission-Driven Capacity Building!

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